Fundraiser for family of boy fighting cancer
The Heart of Isaac, a fundraising team formed to assist a local family experiencing health and financial difficulties, is planning a benefit dinner and silent auction April 13 at First United Methodist Church in downtown Brooksville. Donations for the event are needed, including auction items and food. Funds will benefit the family of 17-month-old Isaac Wetherington, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. He is currently at Children's Hospital Boston. The defect was also found in his brother, Tekoah, 7. Isaac is the son of Stephanie and Jason Wetherington and the grandson of Eddie and Denise Moen, all of Brooksville. Eddie Moen is also hospitalized in Boston, battling cancer. For information or to donate, call Dawn Brook at (352) 232-4791 or Jackie Smith at (352) 848-5288 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations needed for SPCA shelter
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County has an urgent need for donations of food and items for the animals at the shelter, including cat litter and moist and wet pet food for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Monetary donations are also appreciated. The SPCA is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that does not receive government funding. The shelter is at 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. To help, stop by the shelter or call (352) 596-7000. Visit the website at spcahernando1.org.
Guild taps into Manilow's music
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present "I Am Music … The Music of Barry Manilow" at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave. The concert will feature classic hits, such as Mandy, Copacabana, I Write the Songs, Could It Be Magic and I Can't Smile Without You. Tickets are $25, reserved seating only. Call the hotline at (352) 799-5577. Visit the website at hpag.org.
Learn to work with hospice families
HPH Hospice is recruiting volunteers. A two-part orientation will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and March 10 at the Sturgill Hospice Care Center, 12260 Cortez Blvd. Attendance is mandatory on both days. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Call Anne Clark at (352) 597-1882. Volunteer opportunities are available at both the Hospice House and Sturgill Hospice Care Center. Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides care, comfort and support to individuals and families affected by a life-limiting illnesses.
Israeli foods are focus of festival
An Israeli Food and Fun Fest will be from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St. The event will feature a variety of Jewish foods, Israeli folk dancing, vendors and a Judaic gift shop. For information, call (352) 686-7034 or visit tbdfl.org.
Storytime program for children: 10:15 a.m. for ages 18-35 months, 11 a.m. for ages 3-5 years, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 540-6391.
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